African American Heritage Center Honors Mandela with Read-a-Thon

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The African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville is honoring Nelson Mandela's memory on his birthday Friday.

The center is hosting a 10-hour read-a-thon, where people are invited to read stories that represent a fight for rights. The read-a-thon is being broadcast live on a Ustream page all day.

Center Director Andrea Douglass says she feels this is the best way to remember a man who offered so much to the world.

"He died in December, and so in some ways that's the end of an era, but there are untold numbers of people who fight every day for their own freedoms, and it is essentially the history of the way in which people interact with each other, is the acquisition of some form of freedom,” said Douglass. 

This is the second year the center has hosted the read-a-thon. They'll be reading live until 8 p.m. and anyone in the community is welcome to join.

To watch the Ustream, click here.

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